COULD AN ALCOHOL-FREE MONTH BE THE BUILDING BLOCK TO AN ALCOHOL-FREE LIFE? – Around DB and Life on Lantau

COULD AN ALCOHOL-FREE MONTH BE THE BUILDING BLOCK TO AN ALCOHOL-FREE LIFE? – Around DB and Life on Lantau

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If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point of where it worries you, you may be interested to know something about Alcoholics Anonymous

Simply put, “Once I start drinking, I can’t stop, and if I stop, I can’t stay stopped.”

Perhaps you may know of someone like this. For these people, an alcohol-free life may be the answer. It begins as simply as one day at a time.
For over 50 years in Hong Kong, a fellowship of sober alcoholics has been helping others recover from alcoholism by offering their experience, strength and hope at no cost and with no obligation. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) does not tell you if you are an alcoholic, only you can make that decision. A.A. in Hong Kong has grown to more than several hundred members and hosts almost 50 meetings each week in person and online. In person meetings take place all over the territory: on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and on the outlying island communities of Lamma and Discovery Bay.

Our fellowship is diverse and includes people of every race, faith, age and profession. You can find men’s meetings, women’s meetings, LGBT+ meetings, atheists and agnostics, and Hong Kong online meetings with worldwide attendance. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There is no registration required or dues and fees.

To join, all you have to do is attend any of our meetings. Some meetings are ‘open’ (to non-alcoholic visitors), others are ‘closed’ (for alcoholics and those who think they might have a drink problem) – all meetings will list details about this. Newcomers are encouraged to attend as many meetings throughout Hong Kong as possible to find a place they feel comfortable to get sober. A newcomer can soon discover how much time in a day they will have to achieve the things they want to achieve.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why me? “The explanation that seems to make sense to most A.A. members is that alcoholism is an illness, a progressive illness, which can never be cured but which, like some other diseases, can be arrested. Going one step further, many A.A. members feel that the illness represents a combination of a physical sensitivity to alcohol and Alcoholics Anonymous a mental obsession with drinking, which, regardless of consequences, cannot be broken by willpower alone.”

Will everyone know I am an alcoholic if I come into A.A.? “Anonymity is and always has been the basis of the A.A. programme. Most members, after they have been in A.A. awhile, have no particular objection if the word gets around that they have joined a fellowship that enables them to stay sober… And no one has the right to break the anonymity of another member. This means that the newcomer can turn to A.A. with the assurance that no newfound friends will violate confidences relating to his/ her drinking problem.”

Getting sober isn’t easy but you need not do it alone. …….

Source: https://www.arounddb.com/around-db-articles/alcohol-free-month/

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